Human Rights | Amnesty International accuses Western ally of human rights violations amid increasing pressure on dissidents
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/14/16, 09:03 am
Egypt’s National Security Agency (NSA) has escalated the abduction and torture of suspected dissidents since early 2015 in what human rights group Amnesty International calls an “unprecedented spike.” Egyptian authorities deny the accusation, made in a report released Wednesday, calling it part of a “political agenda.”
The report accused the NSA of detaining several hundred Egyptians, including children as young as 14, without trial or access to lawyers. Officials keep the detainees handcuffed and blindfolded and torture them until they make confessions used to convict them.